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Respiratory Care

Health Science career cluster

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (66 semester credit hours)
  • Full program is offered at: Trinity River Campus East

Program Options


2018 Information Session

Attending an information session is an application requirement. You do not have to reserve a place, but seating is limited to the first 100 people.


We will post upcoming session dates as soon as they are scheduled.

Time & Place

  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Place: Trinity River Campus East (map)
  • Room: TRHA 1050 (first floor)


Cal Quigley

Cassie Ardry

Role of the Respiratory Therapist

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What do they do?

Under supervision of a physician, the therapist:

  • Administers therapy
  • Performs diagnostic tests, pulmonary rehabilitation and patient education
  • Assures proper functioning of therapy equipment
  • Plays a major role in the treatment of critically ill patients

Our Mission

To prepare graduates to be successful, confident and competent professional therapists who provide excellent patient care.

Program Data

3-year time period being reported: January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016

  • 92.6%: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credentialing success
  • 87%: Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing success
  • 12.9%: Attrition
  • 81.5%: Job placement
  • 70: Total number of program enrollees during that period
  • 54: Total number of program graduates during that period

See the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Programmatic Outcomes Data.


We are a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)-Accredited Respiratory Care Program.

  • Category: RRT-level program
  • Accreditation Status: Continuing Accreditation
  • Degree: Associate of Applied Science 



Program Director

John Hiser, M.Ed., RRT, FAARC

Trinity River Campus

Career & Technical Education Academic Advisors

Cal Quigley
TRCF 2101A

Cassie Ardry
TRCF 2101A

First-Time-in-College Success Coach

Chelsea Smithley
TRCF 2101A

Updated June 20, 2018